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Can you file a class action lawsuit for an internet scam?

On Behalf of | Aug 31, 2023 | Class Actions

In the modern digital age, where the internet has become an integral part of daily life, online scams are unfortunately common. Exposure to various forms of online fraud is a regular occurrence.

Cybercriminals often try to steal money and personal information from innocent internet users. One question that often arises is whether multiple people can come together and file a class action lawsuit to seek justice and compensation after an internet scam.

Class action lawsuits

A group of people who suffer similar damages from the same at-fault party can come together to pursue a class action lawsuit. Instead of each individual pursuing their own separate lawsuit, they collectively join forces to present a stronger case against a common defendant. This approach can be particularly effective when a large number of people experience the same issue, such as in cases of widespread internet scams.

Requirements for filing

To file a class action lawsuit for an internet scam, there are certain criteria to meet:

  • Common legal issues: In the case of an internet scam, this would involve a common fraudulent scheme that affected multiple individuals
  • Numerosity: The class must be numerous enough that joining individual lawsuits would be impractical
  • Adequate class definition: The class of individuals should be clearly defined and identifiable. This helps in determining who is eligible to be part of the class
  • Typicality: The representative plaintiff’s claims and defenses must be typical of those of the entire class

Choosing to file a class action lawsuit when your case is eligible can increase the chances of holding the at-fault party accountable.

According to AARP, there were approximately 2.4 million scam reports in 2022, many of which were internet scams. If you and a group of individuals fall victim to an internet scam and suffer similar damages, filing a class action lawsuit might be the best decision for securing a favorable outcome.

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